Originally Posted by SweetTyree
i hate it is because my horse always gets her legs stuck in it.
I don't like it either bc a panicky horse will REALLY hurt himself. I say start with what you can afford. If it's electric, PLEASE consider upgrading piecemeal, as quickly as possible if you have to. I prefer metal pipe, though mine was here and then gone, so I CAN'T recommend the company, but the Amish close by have 3 inch pipe secured to 8" diameter wooden poles and it's secure AND safe.
The old wooden 3 rail fence is very safe. If you go that way, put the rails on the INSIDE of the posts, so that your horse(s) don't kick a board and escape. Wood fencing takes more maintenance, but it's safe and you can sit on it, too.\
Please, also consider NOT cementing in your posts. You do NOT need to do this. My posts are 8 ft long and set in the ground WITHOUT cement, 3 ft deep and sit 5 ft high.
I am still
cleaning up cement from the old 50yo cattle fencing, and one post left a 4 inch high, 3 inch wide piece of metal. We refenced in 2008, and I didn't even know it was still there until we destroyed a mower tire on it, and I have a cinder block on it protecting my horses. If it's like the other ones it sits about 24 inches deep. Next Spring DH and it will dig around it and pull it out with our Full Ton Diesel Truck.